Check Out The Soap Dispenser That Only Responds To White Skin

A video that shows an automatic bathroom soap dispenser failing to detect the hand of a dark-skinned man has gone viral and raised questions about racism in technology, as well as the lack of diversity in the industry that creates it.

The now-viral video was uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday by Chukwuemeka Afigbo, Facebook’s head of platform partnerships in the Middle east and Africa.

He tweeted: ‘If you have ever had a problem grasping the importance of diversity in tech and its impact on society, watch this video.’

The tweet spurred over 1,800 comments, many of which are citing this as just another example of the lack of diversity in tech.

Others, however, argued that take on the situation is going too far and that the soap dispenser’s ability to function has nothing to do with race and diversity.



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